Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Saturday November 10

Not as busy as one would hope, there were only 11 games at stake on Saturday night. Former Islanders had their hands full in some of them. FIs contributed 1 goal, 9 assists and a win netside. Let us look at their contributions:

* Stephen Valiquette, yes!, Valiquette recorded a win for the New York Rangers on Saturday as they downed the host Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in the shootout. Valiquette stopped 32 of 34 shots and was perfect against 2 in SO to notch his first win of the season. With the win, Valiquette notched his first since March 3, 2006 in the only starting appearance he with the Blueshirts in 3 games played. He improved his career record to 5-3-0.

* There was a flurry of FI action as the Tampa Bay Lightning downed the host Washington Capitals 5-2. Tom Poti, recently returned from injury, provided 2 assists to improve to 4 points (all assists) on 11 games this season. The assists ended a 5 game pointless streak. Viktor Kozlov was also credited with an assist on the second Caps goal. Kozzer has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) on 17 games this season and is in the midst of a 3 game point streak in which he has scored 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points. As well, FI defenseman Brad Lukowich received the secondary assist on the game winning goal. Luko has 3 points on 1 goal and 2 assists on 17 games.

* Zdeno Chara has been wobbly offensively as of late. He finally cracked some of that shell with an assist on the game winner in Boston's 2-1 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres. Bruins' captain Chara upped his numbers to 7 points (all assists) on the season. Chara has not scored a goal for 22 straight games dating back to last year.

* Teammate FIs Robert Nilsson and Dick Tarnstrom helped power a 4-2 Edmonton win over the host Calgary Flames. Oilers' forward Nilsson scored his first of the year, a powerplay goal, and added an assist for his first multi-point night since April 8, 2006. Nilsson now has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) on 9 games this season. Defenseman Tarnstrom was credited with 2 assists including 1 on the man advantage for his first multi-point night since March 3, 2006. In 14 games, Tarnstrom has 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.

* The Los Angeles Kings survived a last minute comeback by the Dallas Stars on Saturday to pull out a 6-5 OT win at home. FI Derek Armstrong assisted on the third of 5 straight Kings' goals. Armstrong has yet to hit his stride or hit the net in 16 games this year scoring only 7 assists despite taking 24 shots on goal. Armstrong is an enigma for a Kings team that pinpointed him as an offensive necessity in the postseason.

Check back soon for all the nightly recaps here at FIW.

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